What do I need to do before beginning animal research?

To begin working with animals you will need to submit an animal protocol or be added to an existing approved animal protocol. Once you are on an approved protocol you can obtain access to animal facilities.

What is an IACUC?

The body that is charged with ensuring the proper care and welfare of animals involved in research. The IACUC reviews research to ensure that research methods are appropriate and comply with ethical and regulatory standards.

What training do I have to have to use animals?

Please refer to the following Marywood University Policies:
  1. Animal Subjects in Research and Training
  2. Educational Training in Animal Research
  3. Educational Training in Responsible Conduct of Research

What kinds of projects must be submitted for IACUC review?

The IACUC must review ALL projects in teaching or research endeavors that incorporate the utilization of live vertebrate, invertebrate animals, or tissue specimens from live animals for any purpose to ensure compliance with federal regulations. If you are not sure if your research is covered by the guidelines, please contact the Director of Research Compliance at lacamlet@marywood.edu or 570-340-6031.

What is submitted to the IACUC for project review?

The principal investigator or course instructor must complete an Application for Animal use in Research and Teaching.

When must protocols be submitted?

All paperwork must be submitted to the IACUC for review and the committee must provide written notification of approval of the protocol PRIOR to the start of any work with animals.

How long will it take for review and approval?

The length of the review may vary from two weeks to a month depending upon when the application and associated documents was submitted and the time required for completion of any requested revisions and supplements to the protocol. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications should be submitted at least one month prior to the expected start date of the project.